How to grow Microgreens at home
Updated: Jun 18, 2021
Microgreens are one of the easiest growing crops that do not require so much time or huge investment. Instead, what’s most needed is regular care with a little patience. If someone understands the basic needs of a baby plant, that will enough to get the pleasure of growing. We are going to discuss those basic points in brief following step by step process. Providing the proper elements and maintaining the process carefully can produce Microgreens with enhanced flavour, taste and texture. At first let us get ready with required Elements.
All the Microgreens are nutritious obviously, but every variety contain different nutritional value. So, before choosing your preference, you need to know your nutrition requirement as per your necessity. On that basis only you can select your Microgreen buddy. Need assistance! Read our Top 10 Nutrient rich Microgreens.
Microgreen grow well in coco peat, potting mix or vermiculite media. But soilless medium is more recommended because there is low chance of developing soil borne disease. I personally prefer coco mat/coco coir as growing medium due to its light weight and easy maintenance.
The seeds need a base on which they are sowed, grown and stand firmly. Here, you can use several types of growing tray. But a flat surfaced, durable and shallow tray with good drainage hole is preferable. If the tray is shallow (1-2 inches deep), the growing medium wastes less and the crop harvesting becomes easier.
One seed gets germinated with the information carried by water. Hence, water is very primary element for germination process. And after germination, water is only external source of nutrient for growth of plants. These baby plants do not require any fertilizer of pesticides for their life cycle up to Microgreen stage. Only concentrated micronutrients of water is enough for their proper growth. Here, an important information is that most of the plants loves PH of water ranging from 5.5 to 6.5.
Most of the popular microgreens are actually winter crops. They require a temperature range of 18-20 degree Celsius to get germinated. In winter, maintaining this temperature is not hard at all. You can have the pleasure of growing your microgreens in summer time also with the help of Air Conditioner.
Microgreen is a stage between sprouts and shoots. The cotyledon leaves comes out and require light for photosynthesis. It helps the plant to get a healthy growth. So light is very essential element for growing Microgreens.
Now you know the basic elements for growing. From here we will discuss how to use them in proper order and the entire growing process you need to follow.
Germinating any hard shelled seed, soaking for 6-8 hours in water is necessary. But before going through the process, you need to know which seeds need soaking.